Rethink everything-including the sink–to keep this central space beautiful and functional. These kitchen decorating tricks can help any apartment renter. See more kitchen decorating ideas, small-space kitchen design ideas, and an easy kitchen makeover.
Teal Glazed Terra Cotta Planters
Handmade Portuguese Sintra Teal Glazed Terra Cotta Bowl
Tapas Plates, Set of 8
photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER
Hey, Up There A cabinet hung high in a corner commands attention and draws the eye toward the ceiling. Going with bold wallpaper and art also distract from the size of the room.
Showstopping Color An elegant, theatrical color, like this bright pink, gets plenty of attention, and the cheap cupboards almost fade away. Genius!
photography by ANGELA MOORE
Out in the Open These monochromatic shelves show off a tightly edited collection of plates and glasses, all within easy reach.
From the Corner A bright color puts an exclamation point on a small kitchen and distinguishes it as a separate zone.
photography by MAX KIM-BEE
Clear Choice A see-through acrylic shelf lightens a confined space and makes an artful collection of dishes appear to float. Less attractive pieces are relegated to the cupboards above.
Berry and Thread Tea/Coffee Cup Whitewash
photography by PAUL COSTELLO
Seating Arrangements A scaled-down pedestal table plus comfy stools that stay out of the way turn even a bite-sized kitchen into an eat-in one.
X-Base Stool - Brown
X-Bench in Limitless Smoke
Brilliant Idea Open shelves of gleaming highballs, a shiny glass-tile backsplash, and stainless-steel countertops create a glowing, mirror-like effect in a streamlined kitchen with an ingratiated two-burner stove and small sink.
Optical Illusion Just like on a sweater, broad horizontal stripes make everything seem wider. This black-and-white flooring creates the appearance of space in a narrow galley kitchen.
photography by JOSHUA W. MCHUGH